ORLANDO, Fla. - When Walt Disney World reopens in July, there will no longer be cultural representatives in the countries throughout Epcot's World Showcase.
Many of the employees were furloughed and sent back to their home countries because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Disney has reached an agreement with its union to reopen without them for the time being.
Epcot will reopen on July 15 alongside Hollywood Studios. Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom will reopen before these two parks on July 11.
Guests wanting to visit the parks will need to obtain a reservation in advance in order to control capacity.
In addition to the new required reservation, new safety protocols are being implemented that include:
- Required face coverings for guests and cast members
- Temperature checks for all guest and cast members
- Physical barriers to encourage social distancing including plexiglass at cash registers
- Enhanced cleaning throughout the park, including more hand sanitizing stations
- Retail stores and restaurants will be reduced in capacity
- Contactless payment systems
- High-touch areas such as play areas will be closed
Disney has also formed a 'Social Distancing Squad' that will be made up of enthusiastic cast members walking around the park reminding guests to practice social distancing. Signs will be on display throughout the parks.
Disney’s popular parades and fireworks shows will be suspended during the initial reopening and until further notice.
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